Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project
Abstract: This project seeks to develop a program to help Christians who struggle with gambling. Chapter 1 describes a proposal for creating such an alternative to Gamblers Anonymous that does not exist. This will be examined through the purpose of the project, the historical context, the rationale for gambling, the implications on gamblers health, the impact on society, and the research methodology. Chapter 2 examines the biblical and theological principles of coveting. Games of chance in Scripture are discussed, implications of breaking the Tenth Commandment, and Old and New Testament examples of covetous attitudes and behavior are analyzed. Chapter 3 serves as a literature review discussing the origins of gambling, how it has made its way into American culture, the effects it has on people in society, and the ways that recovering gamblers can choose to hold the urge to gamble at bay. Chapter 4 unfolds the details of the actual implementation of the project. Research instruments were utilized to demonstrate the effectiveness of a group recovery program. Chapter 5 reviews the effectiveness of the project. The data is analyzed and the goals and process evaluated for strengths and weaknesses.